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According to this report at realclimate.org you had better get used to colder winters.

Last June, during the International Polar Year conference, James Overland suggested that there are more cold and snowy winters to come. He argued that the exceptionally cold snowy 2009-2010 winter in Europe had a connection with the loss of sea-ice in the Arctic. The cold winters were associated with a persistent `blocking event', bringing in cold air over Europe from the north and the east.

In a more recent press-release, Vladimir Petoukhov and Vladimir Semenov, argue that Global Warming could cool down winter temperatures over Europe, and a reduced sea-ice extent could increase the chance of getting cold winters. Also they propose that cold winters are associated with the atmospheric circulation, and their press-release was based on a paper in Journal of Geophysical Research (JGR), which may seem to have a serendipitous timing with the cold spell over Europe during the last weeks.

As a reference, you might want to consider buying bigger snow shovels. Here's yesterday in Crested Butte, Colorado.

by asdf on Fri Dec 24th, 2010 at 12:02:02 PM EST

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